Haute Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Morgane Seuillot and Christian Knott produce just two wines from their cellar in Mavilly-Mandelot, with fruit from 7 parcels totaling at about 3.5ha. Their oldest site is nearby Volnay, where they farm old vines of aligoté for their cuvée Gouttes d'Or and a tiny production of gamay, labelled under the Coteaux Bourgignons appelation, while fruit for their main production, Haute Côtes de Beaune Nature, comes from sites between their village and Meloisey. They're a young couple, with Morgane hailing from Burgundy and Christian an Aussie expat who still splits his time between their domaine and Chandon de Briailles in Savigny. The winemaking has been natural since the get-go: no additives, no sulfites, although I do think they’re willing to adapt this axiom to offset the potential of a disastrous vintage. The domaine is humble and their vines farmed with the help of a few friends and Morgane's father's draft horse. On only their fifth vintage in 2020, the wines show incredible purity and a marked capacity to age.